TAIWANESE PC MAKER MSI has announced its CX640 laptop will be available next month and will be priced at £449.99.
The CX640 will start with Intel's second generation Core i3 processor with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 320GB hard drive. A model with an Intel Core i5 chip is expected to appear around 6 weeks later. Both CX640 notebooks will have an Nvidia Gerorce GT520M graphics card with 1GB of RAM and support for DirectX11.
It will be a full size notebook with a 15.6-inch high definition display with 1366x768 resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:9. As a full size laptop it weighs 2.6kg. MSI says that it will come preloaded with the Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system and that the notebook can support memory expansion up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
The main standout feature on the CX640 is the 'Time Stamp' button. This is a dedicated button for data backup and recovery. MSI says that with a single push of the button your data will be "intelligently stamped" within 15 seconds. With another push of the button the notebook can restore deleted files or the entire hard disk.
Other features include a light sensor to automatically adjust screen brightness, cooler palm rests by moving hot components to the rear of the chassis, quick charge that can charge the battery 50 per cent quicker than a standard notebook and function (Fn) key uses such as switching between four desktop profiles.
A typical array of connectivity is included such as Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, USB, and Bluetooth. In addition there will be HDMI and D-sub ports, a 1.3MP HD webcam and an optional USB 3.0 port. µ